The ProSTAR-PSTP track is a separate application through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) and requires a supplemental application as detailed below. It is very competitive, and we strongly encourage those interested in training at UCLA to apply to both ProSTAR-PSTP and Categorical tracks. For residents that are accepted into a UCLA categorical program but not ProSTAR-PSTP, another application to ProSTAR-PSTP may be made at the end of intern year.


All ProSTAR-PSTP applicants must meet the same requirements as those of the Categorical Track of the UCLA Internal Medicine Residency Program, as listed on the UCLA Internal Medicine Residency Program website

ProSTAR-PSTP applicants must hold an MD or equivalent degree at the time of matriculation into the program. Applicants must have had substantive prior exposure to research (basic, translational, or clinical).  This may be in the form of a PhD, Master’s level degree, or a rigorous research experience prior to or during medical school education. 

Applicants with less extensive research training but with a compelling narrative that demonstrates a commitment to a physician-investigator career are also encouraged to apply.

Strong letters of recommendation from prior research mentors, rigorous nature of prior research experiences, and a strong track record of research publications are heavily weighed on review for acceptance.

Applications from members of underrepresented minority groups are encouraged.

Applying through ERAS

Please use the ProSTAR-PSTP NRMP #1956 140C1.

Note that applicants who hold a PhD must submit a letter from their primary thesis mentor through ERAS.

Required Supplemental Application - Deadline for Application:  December 1, 2022

The supplemental application is used to understand your motivation for pursuing a research career and how the UCLA ProSTAR-PSTP may be utilized to help you achieve your career goals.

Please complete the supplemental application process through the link below: 

  • Supplemental application
  • CV
  • Reprints of prior publications and/or abstracts. Manuscripts under review or in press may be provided.

We require two letters of support from prior research mentors or collaborators. If these are not sent to us through ERAS, they may be emailed directly by the letter writer to [email protected].

2022-2023 Interview Season and COVID Impacts

In collaboration with the Graduate Medical Education (GME) office at UCLA, the ProSTARPhysician-Scientist Training Program (PSTP) has determined that all program interviews during the 2022-2023 interview season will be conducted in a virtual setting in order to provide an equitable process for all applicants, both from local and non-local institutions.

Interview and Evaluation

All applications will be reviewed by a selection committee, and qualified applicants will be notified of invitation to interview via email.

All applicants will be interviewed by the UCLA Categorical Internal Medicine Residency Program and ProSTAR-PSTP program on the same day. Applicants are strongly encouraged to select one of 4 ProSTAR-PSTP research days (open house). Categorical program orientation and interviews will occur in the morning, and the afternoon will provide ProSTAR-PSTP specific programming and interviews. 

The PSTP interview dates for the 2022-2023 interview season are: Friday, November 18, 2022; Monday, November 28, 2022; Friday, December 9, 2022; and Monday, December 19,2022. We encourage applicants interested in the UCLA ProSTAR-PSTP to interview on one of the designated ProSTAR-PSTP interview dates. Please see the complete schedule on the internal medicine residency site

Upon completion of the interview season, applicant files are reviewed by the PSTP Selection Committee consisting of the program director, the associate director, and a representative panel of affiliated scientists for consideration of ranking.

Matching into the ProSTAR-PSTP (NRMP #1956 140C1) means that applicants enter the ProSTAR-PSTP track of the categorical program.

Matching into the Categorical program (NRMP #1956 140C0) means matching into the three-year categorical program only.

We encourage applicants to apply to both, the Categorical program AND the ProSTAR-PSTP Track of the Categorical program.

Residents in the categorical program are able to apply into the ProSTAR-PSTP, commonly at the end of the intern year. Acceptance into the program varies per year.